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Dark Horse Sapient Trip Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Sapient Trip AleDark Horse Sapient Trip Ale

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83
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650 Ratings
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Ratings: 650
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 9
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: putnam on 04-20-2004)
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Reviews by sweemzander:
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a Duvel glass. No bottled date present. *Dark Horse needs bottled dates! None of them have it!* So this could be aged for all I know considering where I bought it!

(A)- A cloudy orange amber. No head ever formed, just some white bubbles. Some minimal lacing here at there if at all.

(S)- Really closed. Clay, banannas, and a caramel/honey aspect, but I struggled to find them. Really light.

(T)- Really fruity. Bananna, lemon, orange, and melon. Good yeast component. Slightly tangy/bitter kick in the middle. Even has a malty feel on the finish. Great balance.

(M)- Really thick stuff. Its smooth where it should be. Plenty of carbonation; thick & fluffy texture. The abv is hidden very well

(D)- This is a great representation of the triple style. Its got all the right flavors in the right places. But its still a triple, and thus is indeed a sipper, but a good summer sipper at that. The smell department was very disappointing though.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 23:44:00 | More by sweemzander
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Dark Horse Sapient Trip Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 650 ratings.